A friend invited me to a start-up's open house, and I thought "yeah, it'd be good for me to be a person and see what other people in town are up to and what the space is like."

And then the sinking feeling in my chest caught up to me, as I thought about how it's also a recruiting event for the company, and I'd be expected to talk to people about what I am and am not doing and about the prospect of working for their venture-funded buzzword enterprise and ...

I don't know how to go back to work in this industry, and I don't know how people work anywhere else.

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